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High Country News February 16, 2009

The Half-life of Memory


The Half-life of Memory

A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.


Wind setbacks

Everyone wants alternative power in theory, but nobody wants to live next to giant wind turbines.

Editor's Note

The importance of memory

The West has a peculiar kind of amnesia when it comes to its Cold War nuclear-weapons-building past.

Dear Friends

A voice in the wilderness

Jim Stiles tries to keep his Canyon Country Zephyr alive online; visitors, or the lack thereof; and book notes.

Uncommon Westerners

Justice for all

Jensie Anderson meets with homeless clients every Sunday underneath a Salt Lake City viaduct.

Book Reviews

A battle for the land -- and soul -- of the West

The American West at Risk presents a familiar litany of Western land-use problems, but also offers suggestions for how to solve them.

Shooting a double victory

In Full-Court Quest, Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith unearth the story of the American Indian girls of the Fort Shaw basketball team, who starred at the 1904 World’s Fair.


The call of the tame

Jack London devoted much of his short life to what we would now call sustainable agriculture on his beloved Beauty Ranch in California.


No backup on the Northern border

Sheriff Donna Matoon and her 11 overworked deputies patrol Montana's Toole County and keep an eye on the Canadian border.

Two Weeks in the West

Red light, green light

After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.

How it Works

Canary in the old growth

Public-land managers grapple with using indicator species to monitor the health of troubled ecosystems.


Rocky Flats lives on

Those involved with Rocky Flats tell their stories, in their own words.

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